Then, over the weekend, Madonna stepped forward herself to clear up the confusion with a statement in which she explained that the flap over the show was not caused by her die-hard fans, but by some knuckleheads who conspired to ruin her special night.
“Playing the Olympia was a magical moment for me and it was real treat to do this special show for my fans and be so close to them,” the 53-year-old pop icon wrote. “Unfortunately at the end of the show – after I left the stage – a few thugs who were not my fans rushed the stage and started throwing plastic bottles pretending to be angry fans. The press reports have focused on this and not the joyous aspect of the evening. But nothing can take away or ruin this very special evening for me and my fans. When I looked out in the audience, everyone I saw had a smile on their face. I look forward to having this wonderful experience again.”
The statement came after her long-time spokesperson explained that fans who booed and chanted “refund!” after Madonna left the stage following a 45-minute set did not end the show abruptly, but exactly on time.
“Madonna’s Paris club show was planned as her heartfelt thank-you to France, which she expressed at the start of her show,” said publicist Liz Rosenberg about the last-minute addition to what is expected to be Madonna’s biggest world tour to date.
“Despite a grueling concert tour, she desperately wanted to perform for her fans in an intimate setting at the historic Olympia as a means to honor her love for French artists, French cinema and a tribute to France’s long history of welcoming and inspiring artists, authors, painters, poets and minorities from other countries over the years … The show was not billed as her full MDNA concert and tremendous effort was made to keep the ticket prices reasonable ($100 for 2,000 floor seats) and keep them strictly for her fans. The show cost Madonna close to a million dollars to produce.”
The flap over the club show is just the latest bump in the road on the MDNA tour, which has stirred up more controversy than is usual even for Madonna, who has built a 30-plus-year career on sticking her hand into the beehive as often as possible.